Free Running Fall Fun~

MK waiting for his turn to run

MK waiting for his turn to run

Fall is fast approaching, and to be perfectly honest: I am OK with that.  Judging by the energy level in the dog yard I am going to have to say the Dew Claw dogs are too. In the summer we wait and run on rainy cool days or in the middle of the night. But our cooler temperatures now mean we can get the dogs out more often. Right now we are focusing on two main activities: free running and command training. Command training is done in a maze of trails and an open field by the cabin, and is specifically for improving communication and shared expectations. *and will be the topic of a future post.

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Good Things are growing at Dew Claw

“In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.”
William Blake

In the spring we spend a great deal of time thinking about what went well and what went not so well with the past season. Spring is a time for planning and evaluation, in addition to a kennel wide inventory, gear cleaning and repair. In the fall we leader train and start conditioning, and of course then in the winter we enjoy.  But what about that odd 3 months of Alaskan summer?

In summer, the song sings itself. ~William Carlos Williams

In summer, the song sings itself. ~William Carlos Williams

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“Why this is very Midsummer Madness.”

I am stealing a Shakespeare quote for this blog post’s title; and following it up with another:

“Though this be madness, yet there is method”

Welcome to summer in Alaska, 24 hours of light to fuel the non-stop activity of trying to accomplish a to-do list that, in spite of our best efforts, always seems to be longer then the  allotted 24 hours. So you work hard, do the best you can, and make sure to make time for some summer fun. Continue reading

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Office Work & Recovery

First, let me say the term “office” is being used pretty loosely here.  What we actually have is a large desk, laptop, printer, bubble butt chair (to keep me from slouching), filing cabinet, and of course comfy spot for Whiskey to supervise all my work. *To be completely honest Whiskey tends to trust me and spend most of his time asleep on the job.

Where office work happens at Dew Claw

Where office work happens at Dew Claw

But it still effectively serves as the place where we get office type work done around here, so the term office will just have to do.   Hmmm, in retrospect maybe I should have actually cleaned it before taking the picture.  Although that would be a lot like false advertizing.  And I think y’all know I much prefer the dog yard to the office.  Continue reading

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The Knee and PT

Photos from the actual procedure.

Photos from the actual procedure.

Well it is only a few days after the arthroscopic procedure to remove the torn part of my meniscus and clean up the mess that had become the inside of my right knee. Although I am using crutches right now, I am quickly weaning off them. And although I would be lying if I said it has been all rainbows, roses, and happiness since Friday (surgery day) I am happy to report things are actually going quite well.  The biggest frustration is not being able to work with the dogs right now.  But while things are healing it is critical to focus on the PT, reducing swelling, regaining strength and range of motion; basically NOT doing anything could hurt it. And anyone who has spent time in a sled dog kennel knows that the enthusiasm and energy we love so much about theses dogs definitely has the potential to cause me harm in this condition.  And since a major factor in the healing process is how much care and effort I make to do the right thing I am willing to forgo some dog time now in order to have quality running time with them in the future.

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What a Drag it is Getting Old

Well I don’t actually like the Rolling Stones, hence the Liz Phair cover. And the tag line is really the only part of the entire song that fits our situation, and yet for some reason…

I can not get that line out of my head today, as I blog about me & Whiskey:  “What a Drag it is Getting Old”. Of course we each have our own issues.  Mine is my knee, something I will be gratefully going in to have operated on tomorrow.  This is arguably an age/lifestyle related injury: yeah mushers with a knee injury, go figure.  But Whiskey’s is simply the undeniable incurable old age. Continue reading

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